Good and bad. As the name suggests, you’re on the doorstep of the racecourse. There’s also a main road alongside the hotel, and train tracks behind it. The city centre is a 10-minute walk up a fairly easy ascent.
You don’t get character or charm, but you’ll find a decent standard of décor, plus the usual standards like tea and coffee making facilities, TV, desk, twin or double beds (plus the option of a sofa bed for kids/a third adult) and big brand toiletries like Dove.
A large and bright breakfast room/lounge with the news on a flatscreen TV.
Eating and drinking
Free Continental Breakfast, with at least two hot items daily.
Uniformed staff are efficient and polite.
Who stays there
Race-goers on a budget, corporate mid-week guests and a livelier clientele at weekends. The hotel does take stag and hen group bookings, but tries to book out rooms in one section of the hotel so as to not disturb other guests.
You get free parking, free Continental Breakfast and free WiFi in all rooms and public areas. Hotel guests get 10 per cent off at the racecourse’s 1539 restaurant.
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Racecourse location
- Good value and free extras
- Very little character
- Sometimes noisy at weekends